Michigan State Police to target distracted, speeding drivers on I-94 in multi-state initiative

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"Driver behavior factors into nearly 90% of all fatal crashes, and one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public," the Michigan Department of Transportation stated.

"Driver behavior factors into nearly 90% of all fatal crashes, and one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public," the Michigan Department of Transportation stated.

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To reduce commercial vehicle crashes and move toward zero deaths along the I-94 freeway, Michigan State Police is working with police in Illinois and Indiana, bringing more focus to their enforcement.

MSP announced the initiative called "Eyes on 94" in a Monday press release, explaining it will take place in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2.

During the initiative, motor carrier offices will focus on violations by commercial vehicle drivers, including distracted driving, following too close, improper passing, speeding, improper lane use and failure to slow down or move over, according to MSP in the release.

"This enforcement effort is a great example of the commitment by the MSP CVED, Indiana State Police, and Illinois State Police to reach our common goal of increasing traffic safety and reducing crashes," Richard Arnold, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, said in the release. "This coordinated operation is an effort to increase awareness by means of high visibility enforcement on the I-94 freeway, which is prone to weather-related crashes involving interstate commercial vehicle drivers this time of year."

The initiative is part of the statewide Drive Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety campaign.

"Driver behavior factors into nearly 90% of all fatal crashes, and one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public," the Michigan Department of Transportation stated.

To prepare for the initiative, motorists can use Mi Drive, created by the Michigan Department of Transportation, for up-to-date construction and travel information.